With so much great new music, we’re firing out another doubleheader. The Matinee ’18 November 6th – Part 1 has some intimate and sultry tunes, breathtaking numbers, and a handful of tunes that will get you up off your seat.
Afterwards, spin Part 2 of The Matinee over here, and listen to another eight terrific tracks.
Charlene Soraia – “Now You Are With Her” (London, England)
RIYL: Melissa Etheridge, Norah Jones, Cloves
Whereas many artists continue to seek pop stardom, Charlen Soraia has opted to explore how far she can take her art. When she first arrived at the turn of this decade, her music varied from folk-pop to electro-pop and then towards guitar-pop. For her forthcoming, third album, she’s opted to strip everything back. It is, as she says, just her and her guitar, where she finds beauty in simplicity. This is the case with “Now You Are With Her”.
The bare-bones approach allows Soraia’s stunning and smokey vocals to shine. Whether delivered in a hushed manner or softly rising with the pain of heartbroken woman, her voice shakes you to your core. In turn, each word she sings leaves a lasting mark, particularly when she asks,
“Who am I gonna turn to
Now you are with her?
Who am I gonna run to
Now you are with her?”
Come January 25th, people will be running to purchase Where’s My Tribe, which is out January 25th via Peacefrog Records.
Claire George – “Orbits” (Los Angeles, USA)
RIYL: Maggie Rogers, Wye Oak, Wet
May as well make this prediction now – dream-pop has a new princess to crown and her name is Claire George. Two months ago, she had an underground hit with “Where Do You Go?”, but she’s achieved something even more extraordinary and breathtaking with “Orbits”.
Although music should be heard at all hours of the day, “Orbits” should be listened to with your best friend or your partner in the still of the night. Find a place where there’s little light, roll out a blanket, and then watch the stars twinkle in the darkness, observe the shooting stars streaking through the sky, and allow this stunning tune be the soundtrack to the moment. George’s production work is subtly superb, as the beats quietly pulsate and the synths softly sizzle. All the while George’s delicate and intoxicating vocals describe how someone dear is lost in her own world. Her mind, and possibly soul, is “lost in space” and seeking new adventures. She is in a place that is excitedly unknown and blissful, much like this young artist is.
The Day – “Where The Wild Things Are” (Utrecht, Netherlands and Hamburg, Germany)
RIYL: Memoryhouse, Why, Dahlia Sleeps
Rarely is a movie better than the piece of literature from which it adopts its screenplay. The same holds true in music, as few songs can match the lyrical prowess and imagination depicted in the story, poem, or epic novel. There are, however, exceptions to the rule, and Dutch – German duo The Day, the project of Laura Loeters and Gregor Sonnenberg, have done that with their new single, “Where The Wild Things Are”.
Everyone who has read Maurice Sendak’s classic childhood story will have likely imagined traveling to some undiscovered, distant island, on which the most magnificent creatures live and who accept you like a long lost family member. When you hear The Day’s song of the same name, your imagination will run wild. But instead of racing along the beach or climbing trees, the pair send us high up into the skies with their gorgeous blend of dream-pop and shoegaze. There is one difference between the book and the song – Max wanted to go home because he felt lonely and missed his family. You won’t want to escape The Day’s splendid world, and who would want to leave something so intoxicating and beautiful?
The Day’s debut album, Midnight Parad, will be out in January 2019 via Berlin indie label Sinnbus.
The Dream Eaters – “Mockingbird” (New York City, USA via Boston, USA and Calgary, Canada)
RIYL: Cross Record, LOMA, Dana Falconberry
A little more than a year-and-a-half ago, we were introduced to Jake Zavracky and Elizabeth LeBaron’s project, The Dream Eaters, who captivated us with their gorgeous single, “Dead On The Inside”. That song was just a glimpse into their dazzling world, which is not merely dreamy nor tranquil. On “Mockingbird”, they showcase a side that is haunting and eerie yet still incredibly stunning.
The bleak, suspenseful alt-folk approach immediately blows you away, as the rhythms and Zavracky’s steely guitar urgent ring through the air. LeBaron’s stirring vocals, meanwhile, grab hold of your attention and her grip strengthens with each word she sings. Her story is a brilliant piece of cinema, as she describes how one little honey bee is lost and another seeks to be his guide. Is this voice, however, a person, a figment of his imagination, or another personality that reveals himself to protect his host? You decide:
“Who’s going to show you around town,
Who’s going to tell you it’s not
What it use to be?
When murderers still walked the streets
Of the Bowery.
Perhaps you need a mockingbird like me.”
The song is taken from the duo’s new album, Pagan Love, which is available for purchase on Bandcamp.
Drenge – “Bonfire Of The City Boys” (Sheffield, England)
RIYL: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Shame, Deap Vally
A week ago, brothers Eoin (vocals/guitar) and Rory Loveless (drums) – a.k.a. Drenge – announced that their third album, Creatures, will be released February 22nd via BMG Imprint Infectious Records. Some of the tunes from their most recent EP, Autonomy, will be on it, but of course there will be some new tunes. Of course, when they made the announcement, they didn’t share a new track, but they did say this about the LP:
“It’s a nocturnal record. A psychological horror movie on wax. Warped hallucinations from mundane observations as you move through it. Is that a school or a skyscraper on fire in the distance? Or maybe it’s just the ski village?
“You drive nearer, past roadside diners jammed with dancing teenagers, through Uncanny Valley, past the most unhygienic nightclub in the world. The stereo sounds like it’s going to fall apart at any moment. The car judders to a halt and all you can hear is the sound of the sea.”
Over the weekend, however, they quietly unveiled the album’s lead track, “Bonfire Of The City Boys”. If this is what the rest of the record sounds like, we’re in for a real treat. This song is absolutely awesome. It’s dark, edgy, urgent, and just a flame-thrower. What makes it great, though, is that it’s unlike anything the siblings have shared before. Eoin’s vocals are delivered in a deadpan fashion as if he’s Vincent Price or Nick Cave. His songwriting is terrific, as he depicts today’s world as a dystopian society. There is no need to create a new horror story when we’re already living in one.
Falaises – “They Are Here” (Paris, France)
RIYL: Belako, Thyla, INHEAVEN
If you blindly listened to “They Are Here” from Falaises, you would immediately assume the quartet were from Brighton, London, or Leeds. Instead, Alice (vocals), Baptiste (bass), Guillaume (guitars), and Pierrick (drums) hail from the City of Light, which is known more for its electronic and dance scene. This foursome, however, are about to change Paris’ music landscape if they can continue to release rapturous indie rock like this track.
Like a 2 AM drive through the deserted city streets, “They Are Here” is a fantastically dark and hypnotic track. A nervous energy rings throughout the track, and it’s driven by the heavy chimes of the guitar and the stupendous throbbing rhythms (the bass line is terrific). Alice’s vocals, meanwhile, are ghostly, sounding like a woman who is trapped inside a place where no sound can penetrate. “Let me out”, she coolly calls out, but she knows the only ones who can hear her are the enslavers that have surrounded her. This tune would have been awesome for a Halloween playlist, but it still perfectly fits in an autumn compilation.
FEVER DAYS – “What’s Your Problem?” (Newcastle upon Tyne, England)
RIYL: Sundara Karma, Kasabian, Johnny Kills
On this second day of the work week, you might be starting to feel the pressure of deadlines, meeting targets, and the numerous eyes looking over your shoulder. You likely rather be somewhere else, but you need to pay the bills. Your break, however, is coming up, so put on the headphones, head outside, and escape for three minutes with “What’s Your Problem?”.
This is the debut single from Newcastle-based Fever Days, and it is a sugary riot. Alt-pop flair combine with alt-rock edginess to create a song that simultaneously will have hips shaking and heads intensely waving back-and-forth and from side-to-side. The combination of the throbbing bass line and the dual chiming and over-driven guitar drive the track and heighten the anxiety that is overwhelming front man Oli Green. “Are you looking at me?”, he asks while wondering if his friends want to hang out with him, whether he can survive in the current economy, and if he’s being followed. The little anecdotes are clever yet at the same time they’re all relatable because we’ve all wanted to hang out with a Chris or be out with Mary. Or in this case, we just want to rock out with Oli and gang.
The single is out on Kaleidoscope, which has introduced artists and bands like Callum Pitt and Elektrisk Gønner.
Georgia – “Started Out” (London, England)
RIYL: Grimes, Lorde, FKA Twigs
There’s the old saying that the apple doesn’t fall from the tree to describe how one’s children are as gifted, if not more so, than their parents. This definitely applies to Georgia Barnes, whose father was one-half of Leftfield, who were one of the early pioneers of contemporary dance and electronic music. While the younger Barnes has DJ’ed and dabbled in electronic music, she, like her dad, is putting her stamp on the genre. For instance, her 2015 self-titled debut album was a wide-ranging and intoxicating experience that took listeners to the club, to the dark corners of one’s mind, and into the stratosphere. Her latest single sees the London-based artist go further afield.
“Started Out” is a multifaceted and multi-layer piece of electronic brilliance. With tropical, Afro-beat, techno, disco, and electro-pop elements seamlessly weave together, Barnes has crafted a sensational kaleidoscope of sound and textures. At times, it is groovy and absorptive, sounding like a night spent at one of Paris’ most exclusive clubs. Then it changes suddenly, where the brief, frenetic bridge mirrors the chaos around us.
Barnes’ lyrics, too, articulate this sense of lost, frustration, and confusion that exists in many young people today. Instead of succumbing to these emotions, she encourages us to take control, “tough up” ourselves, and “kick out the heartache”. In many respects, Barnes has delivered just the pick-me-up anthem this world needs in these difficult times.
The single is out on Domino Recording Co. Hopefully a new album is on its way.
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